Day 71 … Canal tour in Paris

Today we went on our delayed from yesterday canal cruise, we chose one that will take us up the Saint Martin canal.  Arrived at 9:30 for a 9:45 start, we cruised up the Seine for about 15  minutes,  past the side of Basilica Notre-Dame then turned left into the first lock which raised us up 7 meters, very interesting. Over the course of the next two hours we went through another 7 locks, raising us up from the river Seine level 27 mtrs.  The Trip did not actually take us far, maybe 15-20 klms but it was really good to see this system.  Also in a number of locations where there was a road over the canal in front of the lock, the road bridge also swung open.  When we reached our destination which was Parc de Villette, we walked a bit, found a baguette shop, purchased some lunch and went into a beautiful park &  had a picnic.  We then caught a bus back into Chatelet & home.  A great day again, tomorrow morning we leave Paris ….

The ‘love lock’ bridges are being slowly taken away & this one has paintings all along it.
The start of our cruise

One of the many bridges we passed under
  
Notre-Dame from the river
  
Another view
  
From the end of the river island Notre-Dame is built on.
  
Entering lock one, St. Martin canal.
  
In the lock
  
Look close you can see the different height
  
About half way
  
Many pleasure boats moored along the canal
 

We went through a water tunnel for 18 minutes, awesome.

In the tunnel
  
Fascinated is Rita
  
Nearly the end
  
Letting the water back in.
  
Sometimes it is very powerful.
  
Along the lock
  
Plenty of graffitti
  
And more
  
Another lock
 

Nearly at the end

The Paris Institute of Musique,
  
Lunch park
  
Park pano
  
Homes beside the park
  
Apartments
  
In front of a mural
  
Government building at Hotel DeVille plaza
  
Front view
 

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